It’s very witty. Some of it is macabre; I had to put it down for a couple of days. However, Mary Roach is quite clever, and I’ve laughed out loud numerous times, always indicative of a good book! I also found a copy of A Book of Angels by Sophy Burnham. I read this book in 1991, and it was very inspirational. I’m finding it just as inspirational now. It is full of wise quotes. I’ll close with one.
from Saint Augustine:
“Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known to us of nature.”
“Loverboy” a film w/ Kyra Sedgewick, Kevin Bacon, some other good actors. It was very, very slow, about a Mother w/ no boundaries, very disturbed & it shows why. It was pretty well acted, but slow, and you really think things may not end well. Oh, I didn’t like the ending, either. Somehow, the film was poetic, and I really enjoyed the acting, but it could have flowed better.
I’m now reading Stiff (The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers) by Mary Roach. It is very enjoyable. I’m in the beginning section which she talks about cadavers used in medicine, for research and practice. My Memom’s husband, Bob, did that after he died from cancer in about 1976. He donated his body to science. She got ashes back, but they were lots of peoples ashes mixed all together, not just his. I guess it was quite noble of him. Roach has a nice touch, making it light, but respectful, and exploring those very questions of how the cadavers are treated. Interesting.
What did I read last weekend? Oh, yes, mentioned it here. It was everything I expected, a nice quick read. I’ve been reading from my poetry book A Concise Treasury of Great Poems. Oh my gosh, just found this site (which is linked to the book) and it’s called LibraryThing, and it’s a social networking site for book lovers, as well as a large catalog of many, many books. I see myself exploring that more!! Loving the poems. It gives a brief biography of the poets, and then some of their work. This printing is from 1/1960, so many of the poets mentioned were still alive when the book was done. Of course I’m loving learning about the lives of the poets. I’ve loved it, and keep coming back to it.
So, that’s about it w/ films & books. Hoping for a visit from my muse. I had the most vivid dreams last night & this morning, and didn’t write any of them down, which, of course, I regret. I was positive I heard Andy on the phone in the middle of the night, talking with a loud voice, angry-ish, and it woke me up and I stepped outside of my room and called to him and he quieted down. Then when I mentioned it this morning he said it didn’t happen, so I guess I dreamed that, too. Lots of vivid dreams. Must write more down.
Let me know if you check out LibraryThing, and what you think. I shall do the same! Ta!
Have been enjoying a poetry anthology & John Updike’s Hugging the Shore this week. I think I read a true crime book, too. What was it? Oh, yeah, Jack Olsen’s Cold Kill. He’s a favorite of mine, as you know if you’ve read my previous accolades about him and Updike, too.
Needed some more nonfiction. So Better World Books was having an Earth Day sale & I ordered 3. When they arrived, my husband told me he and Barrett were joking about the titles of the books–”A True Crime Interpreted via Documentary”, or some such thing. I love documentaries, too. If there is a Hollywood film out about a true story, I’ll check to see if there is a documentary on the same subject. If there is, I watch that instead.
The titles are actually a little morbid than usual. These are the books I ordered: Nazi Doctors, Medical Killing & the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton. I’ve started this very thorough book first. I hadn’t studied the holocaust for a long time, and I’ve never studied Nazi ideology before. I’m finding it interesting. He interviewed many doctors who were Nazis and prisoners. I also ordered Stiff-The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. She is a science writer, and the book is macabre, but humorous, according to the reviews. A Twitter friend said it was excellent. The last book I ordered was Bad Blood-A Family Murder in Marin County, by Richard Levine. It’s one of those I may have read before, but don’t remember. I’ll may remember when I read it. I needed a straight true crime story. Something about them interests me. I think it is “what happens to bring people to a point where they kill or are killed?” I’m interested from both a psychological & a sociological standpoint.
I think the Lifton book may be slow going. Stiff appears to be a quick read. The Levine book appears thorough. I always respect true crime books that don’t have pictures, although, the pictures fascinate me. It’s helpful to have a face to place with a name in the book. However, if it doesn’t have pictures it seems a little more credible, and it usually is, and better written.
So, off to bed to read awhile, and I’ll keep you posted!